Moth id
Location: Ohio
October 25, 2010 2:11 pm
Hi bugman, Can you help me identify this moth? Perhaps a Fall webworm moth? Thanks for the help!
Signature: weisey

Dot Lined White Moth

Hi weisey,
Your moth has the descriptive common name of Dot Lined White, and the scientific name is
Artace cribraria.  The Dot Lined White is a member of the Lappet Moth and Tent Caterpillar family.

Hi Daniel, thanks so much for the id! Have a great day! S. Cyd “weisey” Read

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new bug at my house
Location: Nashville TN
October 25, 2010 11:32 am
There is this weird bug that has appeared at my house. They are all over the place. They are around a quarter inch in length.
Signature: Katherine

Ladybird Beetle Larva

Hi Katherine,
The Ladybird Beetle, or Ladybug as it is more commonly called, is arguably one of the most recognized and best loved bugs, but few people would connect this alligator-like, aphid eating larva as the same insect.  After completing its metamorphosis, this Ladybird Larva will be considerably more recognizable.

Swimming insect? in Pak Chong, Thailand
Location: Pak Chong, Thailand
October 25, 2010 10:20 am
Hi. This thing is swimming in our pond in Pak Chong, Thailand, a mountain/jungle region in North Eastern Thailand. It’s several centimeters long, and seems to have 6 legs that it uses to swim. Hangs out both under water and on the surface. Not sure if it’s some type of dragonfly nymph? Any ideas? Thanks.
Signature: macnmotion

Water Scavenger Beetle Larva

Dear macnmotion,
This is the larva of a Diving Beetle, most probably a Predaceous Diving Beetle.  They are sometimes called Water Tigers.

Thank you for the very quick reply. So the ones in our pond look much younger and less developed than some of the photos I’m seeing. I guess I can expect changes to be upcoming.
Will this larva begin to eat the small fish in the pond (1 cm)? So far these things hang out near the light at night and have made no move to attack any fish as far as I have seen.
Thanks. Andy

Hi again Andy,
Water Tigers will eat small fish.

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Scarab beetle?
Location: Near Dallas, Texas
October 24, 2010 7:22 pm
It was dusk and I these bugs on the bark of a Red Oak in Collin County, Texas which is 20 miles north of Dallas, Texas. These bugs were everywhere on the tree. It would appear they were taking sap from the tree. Is this bug a danger to the livelyhood of the tree?
Signature: Shelly S

Green June Beetles feeding

Hi Shelly,
These Green June Beetles in the genus Cotinis are indeed feeding on sap.  They did not harm the tree, but they are taking advantage of the oozing sap.  There are several species of Green June Beetles, sometimes called Figeaters, with ranges that overlap in Texas.

Thank you Daniel!  I sure appreciate the response.
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Location: Akrotiri, Crete, Greece
October 24, 2010 12:06 pm
I spotted this caterpiller on October 20th near Souda harbor on the Greek island of Crete. Can you help me identify?
Signature: Kritione

Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Kritione,
We had to do a bit of creative information extrapolation in order to arrive at our assumption that this is a subspecies of the Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth,
Hyles tithymali cretica.  We were confident that we had the genus correct, so we did a websearch of possibilities from Crete and we found the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic page for Hyles tithymali cretica, but alas, there was no image of the caterpillar.  We did find images of the caterpillar of another subspecies of the Barbary Spurge Hawkmoth, Hyles tithymali tithymali, a subspecies from the Canary Islands, also on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic website, and they look like your individual.  We learned on Wikipedia that:  “It is thought that Hyles tithymali had a much larger range in Europe, but has been pushed further south after the cooling ca. 3600 years ago. Its place has been taken over by Hyles euphorbiae, which is more resistant to the cold. Because of this, many isolated populations exist today, many of which have developed to distinct subspecies.”  To further complicate matters, the caterpillar of the Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth, Hyles euphorbiae, which may be viewed on the Sphingidae of the Americas website, looks nearly identical.  That Eurasian species has been introduced into North America to help control the spread of the invasive exotic plant, Leafy Spurge, and the Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth is now established in North America, but it prefers a cooler climate.  The Leafy Spurge Hawkmoth, which is also pictured on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic Website, has several subspecies as well.

Thank you for the speedy reply!  I appreciate your assistance.
All the best,

beautiful beetle
Location: Hi-Desert, north of Palm Springs
October 24, 2010 11:37 am
Hello bugman,
I don’t know if this little guy is actually a beetle, but he sure is pretty. Can you please tell me what kind of insect it is?
Thank you!
Signature: Michele Zafico

Charlie Brown Blister Beetle

Hi Michele,
Your lovely beetle is a Blister Beetle in the genus
Pyrota, and BugGuide includes several species that look quite similar to your specimen.   It really resembles the Charlie Brown Blister Beetle, Pyrota palpalis, but BugGuide does not report any sightings from California, only Arizona and New Mexico.  While the exact species may remain questionable, we are confident with the genus identification, and we love the common name Charlie Brown Blister Beetle.